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    Respiratory Distress: Emergency Treatment

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    When faced with a patient in respiratory distress or arrest, the timing of patient assessment and intervention is critical. First one must determine if the patient is in respiratory arrest, regardless of the underlying cause....

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    Never Stop Learning

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    This is a mantra here at atdove.org. It’s one of the main reasons for the development of this website and why I have spent the last 5 years working to create the videos and articles found here – because I believe so strongly that...

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    Removing a Needle from a Cat’s Soft Palate

    Views: 6,470 - Comments: 1

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, shows radiographs of a cat with a sewing needle lodged in her tongue and soft palate, and then demonstrates her strategy for removing the needle safely.

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    Spring Weather Preparedness

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    Spring Has Sprung! Watch Out for Wild Weather! Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring dangers rampage across the United States throughout March, April and May. And there’s one hazard tha...

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    Getting Started with Dental Charting

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    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), of Rose City Veterinary Hospital discusses the importance of dental charting, how to get started with dental charting in your practice, and the different abnormalities to chart in canine...

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    Client Call Backs

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    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses how client call backs are performed at the hospital and our philosophy for follow up in the ER.

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    How We Keep Our Dogs From Barking

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    We’ve been doing yoga, coloring sheets, having healthy snacks, and taking extra time for ourselves because it’s self-care month at DoveLewis. But there’s one topic that’s got us all talking: our shoes! So w...

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    My Fear of Wellness Month

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    Let’s start with the basics: I’m new to my employer and have been with the company for 90 days. I’ve been put in charge of spearheading Wellness and Self Care Month for our 115 employees. Now the complicated factors: I do not c...

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    Fractured Canine Root Canal

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    VCA Raleigh Hills Dental Center’s Rebecca Martin, DVM, performs a root canal on a fractured canine. The process of performing a root canal is covered as well as reasoning behind each decision made along the way.

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    Are You Taking Dental Radiographs?

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    It’s dental month so let’s talk about a touchy subject. Dental radiographs,  YES, you need to be taking them. Dentistry is kind of the red headed stepchild in veterinary medicine; it gets less attention and is kind of an afte...

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    Hemoabdomen in the ICU

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the medical treatments of a dog that presented to the ER with an acute hemoabdomen. Stabilization prior to surgery, anesthesia, and post-operative stabilization are all covered.

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    But I Swear She’s Sick!

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    The rumors are true. In a momentary (that seems to have lasted a few weeks) lapse of judgement I made and followed through on the decision to add a puppy to my life. Losing Phoebe so quickly and without warning was quite shocking...

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    ETCO2: What Every Technician Should Know

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    Chantal Faraudo, CVT, CVPP, provides a practical overview to using end-tidal CO2 monitoring in practice. She covers different types of equipment, what ETCO2 is telling us, how to troubleshoot problems with our patients, and why th...

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    Albuterol Administration

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to administer inhaled medication (in this case, albuterol) to a cat that has been diagnosed with asthma.  

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    Root Canal Discussion

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    Rebecca Martin, DVM, from VCA Dental Center Raleigh Hills discusses a case about a dog presenting with a fractured canine tooth. Dr. Martin shows and talks through the radiographs of this tooth and describes her thought process fo...

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    Skin Cytology

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    Veterinary Dermatologist, Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD, of SkinVet in Portland demonstrates multiple methods of obtaining samples for skin cytology looking for bacterial contamination of the skin.

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    In Memory Of…

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    I’ve been a technician working in emergency medicine for a long time. I have worked on some amazing patients and seen diseases and traumas and broken animals gleefully skip out the front door; proud of my team and our success. I h...

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    Wellness Program

    Views: 4,721 - Comments: 1

    DoveLewis Wellness Program coordinators Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, and Josey Kinnaman, CVT, discuss the staff benefits of a coordinated hospital wellness program and the steps DoveLewis has taken to improve the wellness options for e...

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    Veterinary View of the Holidays

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    The memes have started: pancreatitis- turkey bone- foreign body removal- chocolate toxicity. It’s how we know the holiday season is upon us. Of course these memes are funny, because they are true. During the holidays, we see an in...

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    Tiny Talk - ETCO2 in Anesthesia

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    In this Tiny Talk, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses end tidal CO2 and why it is important to monitor in anesthetized patients. Understanding what that value means to the patient and tips for keeping it within the normal r...

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    Feline Bladder Palpation

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to palpate a bladder in cats. This skill is useful for potential urinary obstructions as well as prior to cystocentesis.

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    Art Therapy

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    Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, discusses the benefits of art therapy to veterinary staff, and describes how DoveLewis has instituted art therapy for employees.

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    Clotting Times

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain blood to perform a PT and aPTT bedside clotting tests in a dog.

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    GDV: The Surgeon’s Perspective

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    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, covers gastric dilatation-volvulus from presentation to post-operative recovery. The majority of her talk focuses on the surgical correction of GDV including splenectomy, gastrectomy, and detailed instruc...

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    Tiny Talk – GDV The First 15 Minutes

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about gastric dilatation volvulus and how to approach these patients in the first few minutes of their arrival at the hospital. Shock, perfusion, pain management, and basic diagnostics are cov...

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    Present Tense

    Views: 3,439 - Comments: 10

    It’s a quiz on Facebook. It’s a plot point in every time travel movie. The thought of it might keep you awake at night. Do you want to know the day that you’ll die? Do you want to plan? Have time to travel? Spend all of your money...

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    Burette Use

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the advantages of using a burette in the ICU and how to add medications to a burette for patient administration.

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    Cleaning Exam Rooms

    Views: 13,427 - Comments: 6

    DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the procedure for cleaning an exam room before the next patient arrives.

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    Are You Being Utilized?

    Views: 3,571 - Comments: 6

    I love giving lectures at veterinary conferences. Love it. I get the opportunity to talk about what I love, to share my passion with equally nerdy technicians, and I get to hear about medicine and cases in different hospitals arou...

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    Anesthesia in Brachycephalics

    Views: 10,728 - Comments: 3

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), discusses the special considerations for anesthesia in brachycephalic breeds. Differences in pre-operative and post-operative monitoring are covered.

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    Vaccines: Why Are We Vaccinating

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    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS(Clinical Practice), from Rose City Veterinary Hospital, discusses the herd health immunity importance behind vaccines for dogs and cats. AAHA and AAFP core and non-core vaccines and the diseases they protect...

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    Activated Clotting Time

    Views: 8,182 - Comments: 6

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to perform an activated clotting time test. With the current backorder of in-house PT/aPTT tests, veterinary staff may be called on to perform this test more frequently.

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    The Declaw Debate

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    The Oregon state legislature is voting this week on a bill that would almost outlaw declawing cats and debarking dogs. The reason I say almost is that there are a few exceptions to this bill. Declawing a cat would be allowed...

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    Just Me and the Cats

    Views: 2,972 - Comments: 0

    Growing up, my siblings and I were animal lovers but never had many pets. We had to relocate often due to my dad’s Coast Guard career, and my parents were understandably wary of adding animals to our very mobile family. Early on i...

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    End Tidal C02: Worth the Investment?

    Views: 13,631 - Comments: 4

    If I were to take away all of your fancy anesthesia monitoring equipment save ONE monitoring parameter, which would you choose to keep? Between heart rate/ECG, ETC02, Sp02, blood pressure (non-invasive but you can choose Dopple...

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    Journal Club II

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    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, does the work for you by summarizing practical evidence based information from the last year in veterinary journals. Topics include urinary tract disease in dogs, antibiotic use in urinary tract disease,...

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    Urinary Catheter in a Male Dog

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to place a urinary catheter in a male dog. In this case, the catheter was temporary meant to drain the bladder for patient comfort; a similar approach can be used for an indwelling u...

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    Why I Left Nursing

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    Having an RN at the end of my name gave me everything I wanted. I completed nursing school at 26 years of age after completing a master’s degree in Trumpet Performance at USC. I had two babies 11 months apart while getting my RN a...

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    Cleaning Kennels

    Views: 15,029 - Comments: 10

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to clean and disinfect a kennel between patients.

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    When to Say Goodbye

    Views: 3,301 - Comments: 1

    My recent experience saying goodbye to our pug Lucy led me to the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program and Enid Traisman, program director and certified grief counselor. Ron: I work in a building where end of life for animals i...

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    My Two Favorite Superheroes

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    It has been a while since my last blog and I have been thinking what my few readers would find interesting. I think we all love superhero stories, but mine just so happen to be real. My favorite superheroes have saved countless li...

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    Tiny Talk - Hypokalemia

    Views: 4,473 - Comments: 0

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses hypokalemia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and patient monitoring are covered.

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    Tiny Talk – Heart Rate and Anesthesia

    Views: 15,413 - Comments: 3

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the common causes of tachycardia and bradycardia under anesthesia. By emphasizing the big picture, she discusses ways the anesthetist can determine the cause and begin treatment for abnorma...

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    Critical Thinking in Critical Care

    Views: 13,564 - Comments: 3

    The intensive care unit (ICU) is literally where life and death decisions are made. I have seen firsthand, over the past 12 years working in the ICU, how important critical thinking is to providing premier care with the best chanc...

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    Pulse Oximetry (SpO2)

    Views: 16,321 - Comments: 1

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a pulse oximetry reading (SpO2) on a dog. A brief explanation of how the machine works is followed by best locations to obtain the reading.

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    Feline Acne

    Views: 5,623 - Comments: 1

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses feline acne in a cat. While not usually considered an emergency, it can prove painful to the cat and distressing to the owner. Diagnosing true feline acne as opposed to pyoderma, treat...

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    There's an Opossum in My Bed!

    Views: 2,980 - Comments: 1

    I was privileged to work at Veterinary Services of Wickford in Saunderstown, Rhode Island for five years. They not only take care of small animals and exotics but also have a wildlife clinic attached to the building. The Wildlife...

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    Tiny Talk - Hyponatremia

    Views: 3,799 - Comments: 0

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), covers the basics of hyponatremia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and monitoring are covered.

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    Can vs. Should

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    Just because we can doesn’t mean we should… Those words are heard in ICUs around the country – for animal and people alike. We have reached a point where medicine can do amazing things, but it may not always be working for us....

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    Think Positive

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    Daily affirmations were not invented by Saturday Night Live's Stuart Smalley, but this character played by comedian Al Franken popularized - though undoubtedly also mocked - the idea of affirmations. Even if you don't k...

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